Category Archives: Frugal fitness

Pop Treat

When I was a kid, I was an extremely picky eater. As I’ve mentioned before, I was so picky (how picky were you??) that I honestly ate white bread and ketchup sandwiches for lunch when I was six years old. I did not like melted cheese or raisins. I also did not like crusts.

Disliking crusts as a child is not an uncommon finding, but what was unique was the way in which I would discard crusts, or “find” crusts on items you wouldn’t think had them, like Pop Tarts.

Yes–Pop Tarts have crusts. If I bit into any part of a Pop Tart that did not have any trace of the sweet strawberry or blueberry jam filling, out of my mouth it went. BLEH. I left the crusts behind on my plate like chicken bones.

Cut to 20 years later, and I’ve gotten better about crusts. In fact, I even like them, especially when crusts are chewy. (I also developed a habit of secretly coveting slightly stale food just for their chewiness factor.) I have also found that Pop Tart crusts are even better when they are HOME-MADE, as I delightfully discovered upon baking my own as a Valentine’s Day treat for CP.


  • Pie crust, I used refrigerated since I don’t know how to make my own…YET
  • Jam–I used seedless strawberry
  • Glaze (recipe below)


Preheat the oven to the temperature setting on the pie crust box. I set my oven for 450.

Unroll the pie crust and let sit for about 10 minutes so that it reaches room temperature. I didn’t have a pizza cutter to cut out a large square, but found that using the dull side of a knife works well. Then cut the square into whatever size rectangles you want. I used a 9” pie crust and got six rectangles out of the dough, perfect for three Pop Tarts.

Place a spoonful of jam in the center of a rectangle and top with another piece of crust. Crimp all four edges with a fork. Repeat until all of the pie crust is used.

Bake the pop-tarts for about 7 – 8 minutes or until slightly brown.

Once cooled, top with the glaze. Since I was a little late in getting to the store, all the red sparkly sugar was gone! Luckily, I had red food coloring, and just added it to the glaze to make it pink.

To Make the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • milk to thin

Add milk a little at a time to make the powdered sugar thick, almost syrup-like. When the Pop Tarts have cooled, top with the glaze and let dry.

P.S.: Fun fact alert–for any one of you reading this that loves Ghostbusters, when I pulled the Pop Tarts out of the oven, some of the jam had leaked out. Not a problem at all–easy to clean up–but what made me laugh was that the bubbling strawberry jam instantly made me think of the goo from Ghostbusters II, so much so that I took a pic of it.

re: No Gym Fees For Me

As I have previously posted, I have taken a vow to get in shape without a gym. While people may think this is nutty, I ask–how did people stay in shape decades, centuries before without treadmills? The answer is simple. Technology has made modern life simple and convenient, but has in turn, given us all the ability to make ass-grooves in our desk chairs and sofas.

I opt to move more. Not only do I use the stairwell in my office building to get in some quick cardio when I get antsy at work, but I have also started to plot my walks to work on MapMyRun. You can type in any address and create a walk or run for a distance you had in mind. I am now obsessed. You can also figure out how many calories you have burned.

Since we have been experiencing some warm days in the NYC area, I have started to take the long way home: I walk from my office building on 41st and Lexington all the way down the the Christopher St. PATH station in the West Village. It took about an hour to walk, but I had no idea the actual distance. Thanks to MapMyRun, I found out that it’s almost 3 miles. HUZZAH! And, after plugging in the time it took me to walk it, and my height and weight, apparently I burned about 250 calories.

I have become hooked. As long as I have no time restraint, I walk everywhere. I mean, I don’t have a car, so it’s either the subway or my own legs, but still. I walk everywhere, then map my distance immediately on the site. I even started to fantasize about walking from the Christopher St. station stop to my office every morning to get in 3 miles of walking before I get to my desk, but I don’t really know if that’s feasible. After work though, who cares if I break a sweat?

Also exciting was this recent discovery, thanks to Ms. Ball O’Sunshine, my fellow yogi. For the past few months, ever since our gym closed, we have been looking for cheap yoga classes. Most of the best rates are for beginner package deals that offer unlimited classes for a month for about $40, but after that, memberships and single classes are still out of our affordability range. And we aren’t beginner level. While $16 a class doesn’t seem like a ton, for people like us that really love yoga, it just adds up too quickly.

The other day we discovered that Yoga To The People, a donation-based (you give what you can afford) yoga studio that has a location in the East Village, just opened a spot in Midtown on 38th and 6th Ave. (!!!) for only $5 a class!!

It’s comforting to know that it rough times like these, when there are more and more Splenda Stealers, there are people looking out for us.